The anhinga has to be one of my favorite birds. It spears fish, and at Ding they dive in brackish water, capturing a fish, unspearing it from their beak and then flipping the fish so it goes down their long throat head first. Females have a beautiful camel-colored neck and they both have long, long tails. During mating season they both appear with breath-taking blue eyes.
Anhingas need to dry out after they dive. As they dry in the bright sun, a checkerboard pattern appears on their backs. Slowly, delicate white feather-lines become visible. Like some sort of reappearing magic ink. When every white line is visible, they fly–a graceful cross in sky.